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Borrowed from Latin anticipatio; compare with French anticipation.


  • (US) IPA(key): /æn.tɪs.ɪˈpeɪ.ʃən/, /æn.tɪs.əˈpeɪ.ʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


anticipation (countable and uncountable, plural anticipations)

  1. The act of anticipating, taking up, placing, or considering something beforehand, or before the proper time in natural order.
    Often the anticipation of a shot is worse than the pain of the stick.
  2. The eagerness associated with waiting for something to occur.
    He waited with great anticipation for Christmas to arrive.
    • November 20, 1836, Samuel Thodey, The Honour Attached to Eminent Piety and Usefulness
      anticipation of that final hour which he had long contemplated as near at hand
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter VIII, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
      The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [] . Now she had come to look upon the matter in its true proportions, and her anticipation of a possible chance of teaching him a lesson was a pleasure to behold.
  3. (finance) Prepayment of a debt, generally in order to pay less interest.
  4. (rhetoric) Prolepsis.
  5. (music) A non-harmonic tone that is lower or higher than a note in the previous chord and a unison to a note in the next chord.
  6. (obsolete) Hasty notion; intuitive preconception.



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  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃ɔ̃/
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anticipation f (plural anticipations)

  1. anticipation

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